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The 2013 Car Craft Summer Nationals

A Record-Breaking Year

By , Photography by CC Staff,

Presented by Chevrolet Performance

By Saturday, the throng of people had grown so thick, it was hard to maneuver anywhere on the Minnesota State Fairgrounds. Basically, you threaded into the herd of people and shuffled along at the group’s pace. This affords you plenty of time to check out the cars parked along the side of the road, but it’s not good if you’re a CC staffer trying to get from one event on the grounds to another. Still, that’s a minor quibble in the larger picture of this year’s Car Craft Summer Nationals presented by Chevrolet Performance, a year that broke all previous records for number of cars registered. That so many people attended our show this year is both flattering and humbling, and we thank you for spending your day or weekend with us. We did our best to put on a good show by inviting more vendors, extending the show hours on Friday night, and continuing with recent crowd favorites like Revell’s Make-N-Take, the autocross and dyno challenge, and the old standbys, the burnout contest and Miss Car Craft contest. That’s enough red meat to satisfy even the hungriest automotive carnivore.

QA1 Show and Cruise

The unofficial start of the show actually began early Friday morning at QA1’s headquarters in nearby Lakeville, Minnesota. There, the crew suspended operations for the day, giving shop tours and offering product demonstrations, instead of manufacturing parts. They also had really good coffee and donuts. About 120 cars showed up to the event, and if they also cruised with the group to the fairgrounds, those were the guys and gals fast-tracked into the VIP entrance. Astute readers will file that tidbit away for future reference.


We editors gave a few awards away, too. Based on our unbiased opinions, the following people won plaques handed out by Editor Glad, simply because we liked their cars a lot.

Best of Show Gary Kollofski 1955 Chevy
Best 1969 Camaro Troy Emmans and daughter Morgan ’69 Chevy Camaro
Best Chevrolet Bob Marvin 1969 Chevy Nova
Best Pro Street Mike Dietzen 1979 Mercury Capri
Best Paint Bill Wojcik 1981 Chevy Monte Carlo
Best Pro Touring Damion Campbell 1964 Pontiac Tempest
Innovation Award Jeff Jarzynski 1989 Chevy pickup
Best BOP Damion Campbell 1964 Pontiac Tempest



Special Thanks

We wish to extend our sincere gratitude to show sponsors for their support. You really helped us put on a great show.

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12 comments
Mark Kwiatkowski
Mark Kwiatkowski

If I recall, Jeff Schwartz was the builder, and this was built for a customer. But, I could be wrong.

Jim O'Mahony
Jim O'Mahony

$$$$$$$$Checkbook. Rodding at its finest

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